is also a measure of distance
to abandon this ship.
Van Gogh chewed on sunflowers
so that he could paint the ideal
it’s odd because so many things
are yellow and more edible
than a sunflower
Van Gogh’s yellow
got lost and there’s no way
to see the glow there was before
in his paintings
I’ll never understand
why Van Gogh
chewed on sunflowers
maybe he liked
maybe it helped him
on the color of your hair
on your legs entwined in the sun
there are few things more beautiful
and more chewable than Van Gogh’s
translated by Sarah Rebecca Kersley
Letícia Carvalho (Barreiras, Bahia, Brazil, 1994) is a Brazilian poet and teacher who holds a literature degree from the Federal University of Bahia. Her first poetry collection eu devia ter visto isso chegando [I should have seen this coming] was published in Brazil by paralelo13S in 2020. Currently, she is studying nutrition.
Sarah Rebecca Kersley is a translator, poet, and editor, originally from the UK and based in Brazil for over a decade. Her work has appeared in places such as Denver Quarterly, Best Small Fictions, Isele Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of two books published in Brazil and she co-runs Livraria Boto-cor-de-rosa, an independent bookshop and small press focused on contemporary literature, in the city of Salvador, where she is based.